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Note: The Clinical Pastoral Education Internship will not be accepting applications for the summer 2015 internship.

Clinical training

The Clinical Pastoral Education Internship offers you the opportunity to gain experience ministering in a hospital setting and increase your awareness of how personal issues may influence performance in ministry.

Significant time is devoted to pastoral assessment and the formation of a professional identity as a pastor in a clinical setting. Internship components include:

  • Daily small-group participation and learning
  • Weekly individual supervision
  • Daily opportunities for pastoral ministry on patient units
  • On-call clinical experiences
  • Daily opportunities for interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration
  • Teaching, preaching and faith community leadership experiences

Didactic training

Clinical presentations, seminars and small group discussions are integral parts of the Clinical Pastoral Education Internship. Lectures and seminars are given by staff chaplains and supervising chaplains, as well as interdisciplinary guest faculty. One or two didactic seminars are given each week.

Curriculum topics are determined by student interest and need. Past topics have included:

  • Ethical reflection
  • Advanced directives
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Hope and future stories
  • Pediatric ministry
  • Gerontology
  • Evaluating couples for pastoral counseling
  • Models of pastoral assessment

Grading or evaluation

Mayo School of Health Sciences uses student evaluative tools that include:

  • Clinical reflections
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty feedback

Evaluation of the ministry experience occurs during group sessions. Each week, interns summarize their learning in writing and review their observations with their supervisor. At midquarter and final evaluations, students and supervisors conduct written appraisals. Ample opportunity is given for interns to evaluate progress on their learning goals.

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

  • Dec 19, 2014
  • ART899378